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Industry Vet Jacobs Named as ARG’s President

May 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), a leading manufacturer of motor vehicles for commercial, fire, emergency and recreation markets, today announced that James P. Jacobs has been named president of Allied Recreation Group (ARG), effective June 1. He replaces John Draheim who retired April 15. According to a news release, Jacobs will lead ARG from the company’s facility in Decatur, Ind. ARG produces Class A and Class C motorized RVs under four iconic and industry leading brands – American Coach,... Read more

Patrick Acquiring Structural Composites of Ind.

May 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (May 26) that it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Structural Composites of Indiana Inc. (SCI). SCI, based in Ligonier, Ind., is a fiberglass manufacturer of custom molded large front and rear caps and roofs, primarily to the recreational vehicle market, and specialty fiberglass components for the transportation, marine and other industrial markets. The company projects SCI’s 2015 annual revenues... Read more

Demand Fuels Workhorse Return to RV Sector

May 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Workhorse Group Inc. expects to be producing Class A gas motorhome chassis at its Union City, Ind., factory by the end of the year and building ”thousands” by the end of next year. ”We are producing pilots right now and will be in full production in 2016,” Workhorse COO Caimin Flannery told RVBUSINESS.com. Assets of Workhorse, whose lineage traces back to Chevrolet, were acquired in 2013 from Navistar International Corp. by AMP Trucks Inc., a manufacturer of electric-powered... Read more

Workhorse to Re-enter Class A Chassis Market

May 20, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

Workhorse Group Inc. announced today (May 20) plans to re-enter production of Class A motorhome chassis at its Union City, Ind., plant. Workhorse stated in a press release that it was one of the leaders in RV chassis during the strong RV marketplace of the mid-2000s. The steady growth back to strong current RV volumes, coupled with industry demand and interest, has resulted in the Workhorse brand re-entering the RV chassis market. “Our RV manufacturing customers have always relied on the... Read more

SSI: Towable Sales Show 13.9% Gain During 1Q

May 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Retail sales of towable RVs climbed 11.5% in March from a year ago while registrations were up 13.9% for the first quarter. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc., results by category showed: • Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector grew 14.2% for the month and 16.3% year-to-date. • Fifth-wheel registrations were up 6.8% in March and 10.2% for the three months. • Folding camping trailer sales fell 10.7% for the month and 7.1% year-to-date. • Recreational... Read more

Power Breakfast Attracts Crowd of 748 to Hall

May 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann Offering testament to its standing as a viable, growing piece of the RV industry’s trade-centric event circuit, Thursday’s (May 14) RV Industry Power Breakfast delivered a fast-paced, information-heavy format to nearly 750 attendees that packed the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center. Marking its third year, the Power Breakfast strategically caters to the industry’s manufacturing fulcrum in Elkhart County. That targeted audience accounts for the event’s... Read more

General RV Cuts Ribbon on New Headquarters

May 13, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Chairman Rob Baidas, left holding scissors, and Loren Baidas, president, on right, cut the ribbon on General RV’s new headquarters Surrounded by 500 employees, local dignitaries and a strong representation from the RV industry, General RV President Loren Baidas and Chairman Rob Baidas officially cut the ribbon on the privately-owned dealership’s gleaming new corporate headquarters and retail operations in Wixom, Mich., just across I-96 from its previous location. Loren Baidas told RVBUSINESS.com... Read more

General RV’s All-New HQ Occupies Historic Site

May 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

General RV’s new headquarters and retail facility When General RV Center holds a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday (May 13) at 10 a.m., in Wixom, Mich., for its new corporate headquarters and retail facility, a new era will begin at a site already infused with history. One of Ford Motor Co.’s largest and oldest manufacturing sites, the former Ford Wixom assembly plant opened in 1957 and produced nearly 7 million vehicles on 15 miles of assembly line before halting production in 2007. General... Read more

Newmar Debuts ‘STAR Foundation’ To Retailers

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Newmar introduced the STAR Foundation at its Nashville dealer meeting Among a number of fresh features, floorplans and innovations, Newmar Corp. introduced its new STAR Foundation Thursday (May 7) during the second of its three-day dealer event at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. Billed as “Newmar & You: Blazing a New Trail,” the conference attracted all but five of the Nappanee, Ind.-based manufacturer’s dealer network. The meetings were to continue... Read more

Thor’s Martin: Postle Aluminum is a ‘Good Fit’

May 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Bob Martin The consolidation drumbeat continues in the RV industry – a fact about which most RV industry observers were reminded Friday (May 1) when Thor Industries Inc. announced the $144 million acquisition of Elkhart, Ind.-based Postle Operating LLC — dba Postle Aluminum Co. – from private equity owner Strength Capital. Postle is a key 500-employee vendor of aluminum extrusions, powder coating, painting services and specialized components for the RV, cargo, specialty trailer, fencing,... Read more

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